When Sancia Grado agrees to steal an ancient artefact for a mysterious client, she thinks it's just another job. But what she discovers could open the door to an ancient evil and bring the city of Tevanne to its knees . . .
'The exciting beginning of a promising new epic fantasy series. Prepare for ancient mysteries, innovative magic, and heart-pounding heists' Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of OATHBRINGER She thought it was just another job. But her discovery could bring the city to its knees . . .
The city of Tevanne runs on scrivings, industrialised magical inscriptions that make inanimate objects sentient; they power everything, from walls to wheels to weapons. Scrivings have brought enormous progress and enormous wealth - but only to the four merchant Houses who control them. Everyone else is a servant or slave, or they eke a precarious living in the hellhole called the Commons.
There's not much in the way of work for an escaped slave like Sancia Grado, but she has an unnatural talent that makes her one of the best thieves in the city. When she's offered a lucrative job to steal an ancient artefact from a heavily guarded warehouse, Sancia agrees, dreaming of leaving the Commons - but instead, she finds herself the target of a murderous conspiracy. Someone powerful in Tevanne wants the artefact, and Sancia dead - and whoever it is already wields power beyond imagining.
Sancia will need every ally, and every ounce of wits at her disposal, if she is to survive - because if her enemy gets the artefact and unlocks its secrets, thousands will die, and, even worse, it will allow ancient evils back into the world and turn their city into a devastated battleground.
'Robert Jackson Bennett deserves a huge audience' Brent Weeks
'An altogether terrific read' Sebastien de Castell
'Intricate worldbuilding, fascinating magic, and engaging characters. More please!' Felicia Day
'Inventive, immersive, and thrilling . . . Do yourself a favor and pick this up!' Kevin Hearne
Robert Jackson Bennett deserves a huge audience - Brent Weeks, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Black Prism on City of Stairs
The exciting beginning of a promising new epic fantasy series. Prepare for ancient mysteries, innovative magic, and heart-pounding heists - Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of Oathbringer
Does [City of Blades] live up to the Locus, World Fantasy, British Fantasy and GoodReads Choice Awards-nominated City of Stairs? Allow me to answer with an emphatic yes . . . Robert Jackson Bennett is one of the most talented authors writing in SFF today and this is his finest work to date - Fantasy-Faction on City of Blades
In Foundryside, scriving magic is the cheat code to reality, and Bennett is a master gamer. A refreshing look at magic - featuring a heroine every reader will root for - from one of the smartest writers I know - Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Demon Cycle
As a whole The Divine Cities is simply that, Divine. - SFFWorld on the Divine Cities trilogy
Complex characters, magic that is tech and vice versa, a world bound by warring trade dynasties: Bennett will leave you in awe once you remember to breathe! - Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter
Inventive, immersive, and thrilling, Foundryside is a fascinating look at how our best intentions can be corrupted - and how wickedly awesome and terrifying gravity belts can be. Do yourself a favor and pick this up - Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
Richly detailed and expertly plotted. A grand entertainment
- Kirkus on City of Blades